“I’ve got to think they’re for real,” Rose said, “if only because I look for holes in their lineup and roster — just to play devil’s advocate — and really don’t find any.”
The Islanders will welcome back their legendary players, whose retired numbers hang in the rafters, for one last curtain call. At those games, fans who purchase “Tradition on Ice” tickets will take home a commemorative mini-locker for each player.
Jonathan Ledecky and Scott Malkin met the media on Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum and made it clear they plan on putting competitive teams on the ice when they take over ownership of the Islanders in two years.
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While Islanders fans thought they had seen the last of the infamous logo, it’s coming back — for one night only.
John Tavares and Brock Nelson each had a goal and an assist, and the New York Islanders began their final home schedule at Nassau Coliseum with a 4-3 victory over Carolina on Saturday night to sweep a season-opening two-game series from the Hurricanes.
Howie Rose is the unquestioned voice of the Islanders, and he used that voice on Wednesday to express his disgust over the franchise relocating to Brooklyn following the 2014-15 season.
Beautiful arena, decent commute. Now the bad news: Barclays Center holds 15,795 fans for hockey, and not all of those seats offer an ideal view of the ice.
When the Islanders’ 43-year history at Nassau Coliseum ends after this coming season, one moment will always stand alone as the best. It’s really not debatable.
For many fans of the New York Islanders, Nassau Coliseum was a second home, or even hallowed ground. This is the team’s final season on Long Island, and it’s going to be a very emotional year for a lot of people.
The final season at Nassau Coliseum is no longer this thing that’s happening in a few years, like it was in 2011. It is here and we are about experience it. It will be an emotional farewell for a lot of people.
“Disbelief,” McDonald told CBS New York’s Peter Schwartz about the move to Brooklyn. “My reaction basically centered around the fan base and the folks that have been so loyal.”
It’s almost astounding how quickly the tides turned; how fast chants of “We Want Playoffs!” were replaced with “Fire Cappy!” and “Sell Wang Sell!” and how suddenly everything went wrong.
NYPD personnel who played in a charity hockey game with FDNY members, and got into fisticuffs, will not be subjected to disciplinary action.
Moral of the story? Boys will be boys, even if they are playing for a good cause.